Stevie nixes high heels for high-top tennies

By Jon Bream,
The Star Tribune
Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Stevie Nicks rocks on these days in comfortable shoes. Friday night after Fleetwood Mac wrapped up a two-day concert stop at St. Paul’s X, she had on some sensible-looking, thick-soled black platform shoes that looked like they belonged to the ’70s.

“Tennis shoes,” she said when we shared a moment after the show. “They were Reeboks, little high-top ones that are really old, like eight years old. And they will remain on my feet all the way through the show. Just last night did I actually try going into the real boots for ‘Go Your Own Way.’ It’s too hard,” she said. So the sexy boots are being swapped for the tennies. “They are comfortable and I am having them copied . . . in suede.” But of course.

Nicks still has a way to go to rival Mick Fleetwood’s shoes and clothing. Businessman Steve Schussler told me that “everything Mick wears is handmade.” The audience got a good look at Mick’s red shoes and lederhosen when he came out from behind his drum set to bang us into a frenzy on conga drums. It was “Edelweiss” meets “Babaloo.” Backstage — actually down in bowels of the X — Fleetwood changed into a blue pair of the same-style shoes to greet some members of the Schussler group, party of 69.

Not everyone got backstage, but word is that Fleetwood Mac members were highly amused to hear that Schussler was bringing 69 or so to the concert. Nicks said she wished the tour was wrapping here, where she knows so many people. There is a good chance that if you thought Nicks was looking at you, you were standing near someone for whom she has fond feelings. Brandon Anderson, son of Nicks’ former husband, Kim Anderson, the Shussler Creative retail guy, was one of those people. “Did you see me wink at you?” Stevie said to Brandon before adding, “Wicked woman.”

Tina O’s kiss-and-tell Interior designer Tina O, a woman so dedicated to re-inventing herself that I did not recognize her, attended both Fleetwood Mac shows. “Last night’s [concert] was two-and-a-half kisses,” Tina O said. “Tonight’s [Friday’s concert] was four kisses, and I think the reason is Stevie Nicks was so hot tonight ’cause some of her favorite men were in the audience.” On Thursday, Tina O concluded that Nicks’ “Gold Dust” was gone. “She wasn’t electrifying and the twirling was like a frog in a blender.” Get used to Tina rating things with kisses.

This fall on Hubbard Broadcasting’s Channel 45, she and Cindy Redmond are scheduled to start doing two-minute movie reviews, which she hopes will launch them into a 30-minute talk show. They’ll be passing out kisses, not stars, and the rating you don’t want is “the kiss off,” said Tina O. A friend of hers wanted to smack Tina O’s kisser after Tina pointed out the wifely half of the couple known as Mr. and Mrs. Big house because they are building such an enormous residence in the western suburbs.

“Why would you ever believe anything she said?” Mrs. Bighouse remarked about Tina O’s blabbing.

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